I've been thinking . . .

"A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity."    

Franz Kafka

"The craft or art of writing is the clumsy attempt to find symbols for the wordlessness. In utter loneliness a writer tries to explain the inexplicable. And sometimes if he is very fortunate and if the time is right, a very little of what he is trying to do trickles through--not ever much. And if he is a writer wise enough to know it can't be done, then he is not a writer at all. A good writer always works at the impossible."

John Steinbeck

On Sharing the Light

When used well, social media are doors to a vast library of knowledge delivered right to where you sit.

The following are links to important information that Twitter followers and Facebook friends provided. 

I want to share them here, with thanks to the contributors, along with links to the original sources so that can read everything in context and reach your own conclusions:

1. After being forced to quit the Toronto Star in July to complete the story of significant public interest its editors tried to kill, I've been making the point that old media need to focus on fundamentals as they turn to technology for salvation.

Trust, truthfulness and transparency are probably the most important of the basics. And, as I said on Jesse Brown's Canadaland Show, I'm unaware of an algorithm that can establish trust between the reporter and reader. God help us anyone ever writes one.

Like any person or corporation, when the news media break the bond of trust with those who rely on them to be forthright, they have to work hard to win back that trust. Transparency is essential to that effort.

Instead, the Toronto Star simply ignored the ethical lapse, leaving its readers to wonder what other stories of significant public interest Canada's most read metropolitan newspaper had suppressed.

As social media reaction shows, I'm not the only one who cares. Thanks to an anonymous contributor for the following from the London School of Economics:


2. The following views stated by Gregory Copley (head of the right-wing International Strategic Studies Association, a fellow of Conservative Party contributor John Geiger's Royal Canadian Geographical Society and one of three non-Canadians to receive the Erebus Medal from him) raises more questions about why a respected organization devoted to exploration and children's education would align itself with someone who espouses such warped analysis.

Thanks to Pat Naughton for both enlightening links.